Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Talking About the Big Acquisition and Imagining Breathprints

This week started off with a major industry acquisition: Cross Match acquired DigitalPersona to form a single company on Monday. The company will still operate under both names and will stay headquartered out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, under the leadership of its newly appointed CEO, Rich Agostinelli.

Agostinelli is the former CEO of DigitalPersona and granted findBIOMETRICS an exclusive interview on the topic of this purchase.

The first quarter of 2014 is almost an entire month behind us, so as is expected companies are starting to publish their financial reports for the period. Aware, Inc. released its Q1 results this week, giving an update about what business is turning out to be in this first year after the full shutdown of its DSL business.

BIO-key International, meanwhile, announced that in a similar fashion to it’s full year and Q4 2013 financial results release, it will be holding a conference call to be broadcast live over the Internet in conjunction with its first quarter report on May 1, 2014.

Two pieces of national ID news came up this past week. Unisys Corporation was chosen by Her Majesty’s Passport Office to provide its facial biometric technology in order to automate the passport application process.

Suprema also saw its technology employed to enroll the public, but instead of being for purposes of travel, the company’s fingerprint readers will be registering citizens of Uganda for biometric elections. The first shipment of RealScan-G10 readers is to be supplied by the end of April by Zetes, Suprema’s global partner.

This was also the fourth week in findBIOMETRICS’ physical access control month, so it wouldn’t be a news roundup without some on theme news. SRI International announced that AMAG Technology has certified its Iris on the Move biometric solutions for its Symmetry v. 7.0.1 security management system.

In terms of featured content, we took a look at the way that the new wave of mobile biometric technology is finding a place in the world of physical access control through the support of smartphone as credential solutions.

We also published the second post in the new Pop Cultural Identity Management blog taking a look at the very first media representation of breath-based biometrics: the 1997 sci-fi action film Alien: Resurrection.

Stay posted to findBIOMETRICS throughout the coming week as we bring Physical Access Control Month to a close, and be sure to keep the conversations here alive by interacting and sharing on Twitter.